its so empty now

May 16, 2013 in Budgeting & Money Management, closet essential, cut consumerism challenge, Money Management, WARDROBE ESSENTIALS, wardrobe renovation

Its been an intense few weeks of wardrobe clean-out. As I’ve mentioned, I’m trying to accomplish a few things with my selling:

  • Make extra (or “just enough”) money to cover moving expenses.
  • Remove every single item I don’t want to wear right now. Any ill-fitting item. Any piece with irreversible damage. Any non-flattering color. Anything that’s hard to pair with an outfit. This is all closet clutter.
  • Consequently, be able to fit everything that’s left in one small closet (that’s all I get) and have no problems making flattering outfits every day.

spring cleaning

Above is the aftermath for tops. I’ve also sold over half of my pants and shoes. Its now much easier to observe my wardrobe deficiencies.

I’ve made a few purchases so far this month to fill in those gaps. I’ve decided I’m keeping the Kate Spade pumps I mentioned in a previous post. They’re just gorgeous, are actually pretty comfy with inserts, and will easily dress up any outfit. I plan on wearing them to graduation on Friday with a black DVF dress I picked up on eBay (essentially this one but with 3/4 sleeves). Those are the only two items I’ve received so far this month, but I have a few others on the way that I’m super excited about!! Thanks for reading, happy Thursday :)

Wardrobe Analysis & Wishlist {Spring 2013}

March 23, 2013 in wardrobe renovation

I’m finally starting to feel content with my small wardrobe. Previously, when I’ve looked in my closet, I’ve found a bunch of things that I hadn’t worn for a while or that didn’t fit correctly. I’ve slowly sold all of those items and have been extremely careful to only buy items that will integrate well into my wardrobe. My additions from the past few months have consisted of some J. Crew (non-final sale) items, an unusually large number of Madewell purchases, and a few fun eBay finds.

Below are my recent J. Crew purchases. I avoided J. Crew for a couple months because I was not going to bite on any “final sale” stuff. I’ve since tried on a bunch of items and have kept the ones below. I absolutely love each and every one of them. They are great additions to my neutral closet staples. I do have my eye on a few other items at the moment, but not sure if I’ll pull the trigger.

funnelneck stripe matchstick perfect

I’d only bought one item from Madewell before this month, but I was getting a little bored of J. Crew’s dull patterns, so I decided to head over to their sister site. I’ve been pretty happy with my finds thus far. A few of these items are still on the way, so its hard to say if they’ll all be keepers (although everything so far is!!). The patterns and colors are just enough to add some interest to my otherwise fairly plain wardrobe.

trianglecardi jacket chambray silk popover fleck coral chambray circle cardi pansy

Typically the majority of my purchases are secondhand items. Recently however, I’ve been super careful to only buy items that I know will fit and I’m really loving. I’m enjoying my AG Stilts, which I wear like boyfriend jeans. I’m also enjoying my unique tops from Equipment, Rag & Bone & Jil Sander, all of which have been great deals.

And now for ways to improve my wardrobe…

cardi pants shoes necklace dress
  • Comfortable neutral pumps. I’ve nearly worn all of mine out (I’m hard on my shoes). I think that I’ll intermittently look for nude pumps because they get such heavy wear.
  • Comfortable pants. I really struggle with finding pants that I want to wear. I don’t mind my skinny pants and leggings, but I do need to start branching out a little more. I’ve been debating getting J. Crew’s curator pant for forever. I should just try them, but I don’t want to go over my March budget too much.
  • Neutral Cardigans. I love cardigans, especially with the ridiculous temperature variations in the Midwest. I’m starting to realize that I probably can’t have too many of them. They get heavy, regular wear. And, as silly as it sounds, little variations in color (light taupe vs dark taupe, etc) can completely change the feel of an outfit. And fun little drapes and details can make a plain outfit much more interesting.
  • Simple Jewelry. I’m not a bright/ large/ statement jewelry person, although I do hope to get a dainty bib-type necklace to wear under shirts and dresses. The best additions for me would be simple rings, pendant necklaces and maybe bracelets.
  • Work-appropriate Dresses. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with dresses. It would be great to have a few plain or neutral dresses to throw on when I’m having an “I don’t know what to wear” day. Its so hard to find flattering that fit appropriately, though!

What are your most wanted items right now?

Wardrobe Renovation 2013

January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized, wardrobe renovation

The first half of 2013 will be exciting and relatively non-busy (at least compared to intern year, which starts in July!). I’m going to take this opportunity to do a little wardrobe renovation. Looking at my wardrobe as it is, I don’t have a lot of variety. There are a few changes I hope to make to transform my closet into something a little more interesting and user-friendly.

Goal 1: Clean-out!! I’m in the process of a pretty extensive closet clean-out. November and December were busy traveling months. So while I’m usually on top of making sure my laundry’s done and clothes are put away, those things fell to the wayside because I was so infrequently home. The good thing about this (definitely not the huge piles of laundry I had to deal with) was that I noted what clothes were left in my closet… aka, the things I never reach for. These were things that I could likely sell and not miss. Oh, and I’m selling all of my ill-fitting shoes and the handbags I rarely reach for, too. It’s a large clean-out. Need some money!!

Goal 2: Research New Designers – I admittedly shop at J. Crew more than any human probably should. This is probably exaggerated by the monstrosity of J. Crew-devoted blogs that seem to have popped up recently. While I do think that J. Crew will always have a presence in my closet, it doesn’t need to monopolize it. Some other designers that I’ve recently become interested in are…

  • Helmut Lang – Edgier, more modern pieces
  • Diane Von Furstenberg – Classic, work appropriate, patterns
  • Loro Piana – The most amazing cashmere scarves. Ever.
  • Alexander Wang – Wonderful knits, especially those tee’s
  • Yigal Azrouel – All things draped
  • Equipment – Washed silk blouses in all colors and patterns

I’m sure there will be more that catch my eye. I usually look for these things on eBay and discount sites like The Outnet and Yoox.

Goal 3: Textures ~ I keep noticing that amazing outfits on other bloggers & celebrities frequently highlight different and interesting textures. I find textures especially challenging, for some reason. I’ll have to do some serious searching for items that will be versatile in my wardrobe.

Goal 4: Necessary Undergarments… how old do I have to be before I realize that these things can make my clothes look so much better? I especially need some slips. I have a grand total of 0. I had more when I was 5 years old (my mom apparently knew their importance).

Goal 5: *Patterns * I don’t need anything over the top here. Just hoping to add any subtle patterns that catch my eye. I have a weakness for florals and abstract prints, but also see the versatility in stripes, plaids and polka dots.


Goal 6: Diversify Handbags… I think I love my Celine too much. Its time to branch out and try other brands. I loved my Givenchy, but we all know how well that went. I might check out Balenciaga again, as I love their colors and styles (but typically their leather is not durable enough to stand the beating that I give my bags). Designers that I’m hoping to discover more of are Prada (lots of classic shapes and colors), Bottega Veneta (find out if the weave is for me), and Fendi (a big fan of the Peekaboo).

Goal 7: Comfortable Shoes: There is no point in keeping shoes that I dread to wear. So, now they’re gone! Muahahaha. Time to replace them with comfortable shoes that I’ll actually reach for. This goes for both flats and heels. I don’t even know where to begin. So far I’ve found J. Crew’s Valentina’s and Ann Taylor’s Perfect Pumpsthe most comfy.

Goal 8: Non-skinny Pants! Skinny pants are great and all (on skinny days), but I’m about ready for a change. I’m not sure what trends we’re looking at next, but I have a few ideas in mind for myself. First, I’m going to aim for a “fitted” wide leg pair. By this I mean that the pants will have shape and show curves on the bum and thighs somewhat, but the knees and ankles will be “wide.” It might be tricky. Second, I want a pair with a loser-but-flattering tapered drape. This will certainly be tricky.



What are your wardrobe plans for this year?